Q IT was a jubilant night for the holders of the European Young Scientist award.
Kinsale Community School clocked an amazing nine awards at the BT Young Scientist Exhibition, with enthusiastic standing ovations from the pupils every time. The school scooped Best School in the Republic of Ireland award and the Best Group award, among many others.
The Best Group award went to Eve Casey (13) and Cathy Hynes (12), both first-year pupils, for a project titled, "A study using statistical methods of people's attitudes to the ageing workforce of the future".
Their survey of 1,147 found that 63pc of respondents felt younger than they were, 17pc felt older, with the remaining 10pc feeling their actual age.
Principal Fergal McCarthy hailed the good work and enthusiasm of the students as well as science teacher Sean Holly.
"We always come up confident but we over-achieved this year," Mr Holly said. The school has won seven of the major awards in the past four years, being crowned overall winners last year. And the secret of their success? "It's a secret," declared pupils Sophie Lisson (15), Niamh Twomey (15) and Rachel Lysaght (15).